Searchlight Newsletter - Summer 2015 
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Legal and Business Affairs Executive 

You'll draft, review & negotiate clients' terms & conditions for the licensing of feature films, TV series, digital multiplatform content & events.

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Interim Commercial Director

Take ownership of the Affiliate sales division and be responsible for negotiating and operating all channel distribution and VOD licencing agreements in the UK market.

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We’ve dealt with a number of International projects in the past and this year is no different.

While the majority of our roles are London and UK based, this month has seen more International jobs come our way via new clients.

Are you a Producer looking to move to New York? Or a Dutch and/or German speaking Sales Specialist looking for a role in either Holland or Berlin? Well look no further than Searchlight International…

Click the flags for further details on each role. 

A world-class Creative Agency is looking for a UK Executive Producer to join their New York-based team and help shape and bring their clients' projects to life.

Fantastic opportunity within the German or Holland based office for a leading provider and licensor of digital images and footage.

You will need excellent sales experience and be a Dutch speaker. Preferably you’ll also speak German.


Fantastic opportunity based within the German office for a leading provider and licensor of digital images and footage.

You will need excellent Sales experience and be a German speaker.

I would like to thank Alison and everyone in the Searchlight Executive team for helping me secure this position at Viacom International Media Networks. It truly is a dream job.
My main role is to oversee the business activities aimed at developing the Comedy Central brand across 13 territories in the CEE region.
I’m currently working on all programming aspects of launching new channels in the region, developing our most ambitious local production for the Hungarian feed thus far, and closing pan-regional acquisition deals with major US Studios.
I’m especially proud that June 2015 became the highest rated month in Comedy Central Hungary’s history with a 4.3% SHR (A18-49), exceeding the previous year’s result by 64% and rendering Comedy Central Hungary the 5th most viewed channel on the market.

Congrats to Zoltan from everyone at Searchlight!
This June we were proud sponsors of the Broadcast Digital Awards, which saw Searchlight Executive’s Alison Campbell presenting Discovery Channel with the Best Factual Channel award.

The awards celebrated the Broadcast and Media  talent behind this year’s digital campaigns, channels, platforms and programmes.

To see the full list of winners and a few photos from the evening click here.

Staying on topic from spring’s newsletter which highlighted the Royal Television Society’s evening on how the media effected the election results, this time we’ve switched it around; what impact will the government's July 2015 budget have on the media industry? 
We’ve also had a number of company updates and events this summer, so read on for more info and to hear about our new role opportunities. 
The first all-Conservative budget arrived this month and George Osborne has presented the budget box to much debate and discussion. With many changes set to come our way, how will it impact the media industry?
We spoke to our good friend Simon Flamank over at Bob&Co who has accumulated a few key points, and don’t worry, we have positives for you to take away from it…
  1. Supporting Innovation
The government is investing £23million into 6 next generation digital economy centres. These will be across the country in London, Swansea, Newcastle, Nottingham, York and Bath. These centres will create opportunities within the digital economy across sectors including the creative industries (huzzah), finance, healthcare and education.
  1. Tax Reliefs
New tax reliefs are to be introduced, continuing the support of high-end productions across television, animation, video games, theatre and children’s television. This will be an expansion of the tax relief from earlier this year.
  1. Apprenticeships
The Tories have said that they are committed to increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships in England to 3 million starts and taking on board the change in student grants, at least there’s a counter action to help graduates get on the career ladder.
  1. BBC License Fee Cut Down
We’ve covered this in more detail below, but in summary the BBC has agreed to take on responsibility to fund the over-75s licence fee concession and help to contribute to public spending reductions.
After a week’s worth of secret meetings and the hashing out of negotiations, last week the Tories revealed in their budget  that the BBC will now be covering the TV license fees for those over the age of 75.

Shouldering this fee inevitably lands the Beeb with a financial impact, with it being approximated at £250million by the time we get around to 2019.

To battle this, the government has agreed to allow the BBC to increase the usual £145.50 license fee in line with inflation and to begin to modernise the license fee by incorporating catch-up TV services…it looks like EastEnders catch ups on the iPlayer may not be a free commodity for long…

Of course it’s good news to hear over 75s will not have to fork out for their TV license but another possible side effect will see the BBC having to make other major changes, with channels and radio stations under threat from the financial cuts.

The BBC Trust have already said this will have “some impact on the nature of the BBC’s services” and Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, has been quoted as saying “I’m not saying there won’t be hard choices, there will be” in relation to the possibility of axing channels.

The week prior, the BBC announced 1,000 job cuts due to the £150 million fall in funding as the number of people not paying their license fee continues to increase.

While these changes will begin to roll out over the next few years, they have agreed that the BBC will have full responsibility of the over-75s policy by 2020…so who knows…we could be in for another rehash in another 5 years…
A thanks is in order to the British weather (for once) as it managed to co-inside London's hottest day in 9 years with our client summer drinks party at the start of this month.

We hired out the lovely Chandos House terrace garden and adjacent room with a number of our clients joining us for drinks.

And for any events people out there, we can highly recommend the venue, with a beautiful garden and lovely venue spaces and staff, all just a few minutes walk away from Oxford Circus.

Thanks to all those who came and allowed us to snap them in the photos featured below, with clients from the BBC, Associated Press, Avalon, Vubiquity and Arts Alliance along with Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, Deluxe,  Endemol and more joining us on the day. 



As we continue to push ahead with new sectors in the media industry, this summer we’ve taken on board another senior consultant so we can cover even more bases; offering more roles along with an expanded database of experienced and skilled media candidates.

Having previously worked at Caspian One and then as a freelance recruiter, Barrie is working with a number of new clients to place a plethora of engineering and technical roles.

Having already filled clients briefs and found candidates their next role, Barrie is a great asset to the Searchlight team.

If you have any queries relating to either looking for engineering/ technical staff or you’re looking for a new role, Barrie has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sector so please don’t hesitate in dropping him an email:
Newsletter Editor: James Cheetham, Group Marketing Executive
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